Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh held talks with Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, Senior Lieutenant-General Guo Boxiong after a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on April 13.

The two sides exchanged viewpoints on relations between the two countries and the two armed forces as well as issues of mutual concern.

They agreed that Senior Lieutenant-General Guo Boxiong’s visit to Vietnam would be successful and enhance ties between the two armies and two countries.

They expressed their pleasure at the fine development of Vietnam-China relations as well as firm developments of military ties.

They held that the traditional friendship between the two countries founded by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong is a treasure of both countries.

The two sides agreed that consolidating and developing the strategic comprehensive cooperation partnership is the unchanged motto of the two Parties and States and the Vietnam and China ’s armed forces will further strengthen exchanges and cooperation, contributing to speeding up Vietnam-China relations, for peace and stability in the region.

They agreed to increase high-ranking visits between the two armies, exchange strategies and share experience in building and managing the armed forces.

The two sides will also continue to cooperate in providing training and the exchange of military students and agreed to deal with differences via dialogues.

The two armies are the active force to protect security and the benefits of both countries, as well as regional peace and development, they said.

On the occasion, the two sides signed a training cooperation agreement between the two Defence Ministries for 2011.
The same day, Senior Lieutenant-General Guo Boxiong and his entourage laid a wreath and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum./.